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My neighbor was at this acid test and I just saw 2 different handbills confirming on 3-19 there was a show played...whether or not its this show is up for debate.
A lot of the acid tests ride that line between being simple novelties for your out-of-control collection and actually being in themselves worthwhile performances; this one is a perfect example.
Viola Lee is for discerning listeners only. It really just plods along, and the mix here (and throughout) has Jerry so damned high in the mix you almost literally cannot hear the rest of the band. Given all the amazing performances of this one they did, you can afford to miss this one. Even if the mix *was* corrected, the performance is just too kool-aid meandering; try 2/2/68 instead!
The goods start to arrive with one of those delightful early Riders, and You See a Broken Heart is a *lot* of fun here, Jerry and Pigpen trading vocals. The rest of this thing is a lot of stoned stage banter and instrumental jams (one is cut); Death Don't suffers from a muffled, muddy, inaudible vocal, and Midnight Hour begins well, but Pig's vocals begin to bury themselves under the crushing clarity of Jerry's guitar. It's strange to criticize a '66 show for Jerry being too clear, but there it is. It's like Jer's plugged right into some kind of crystal filter while the entire rest of the band slogs around in the mud. Pig's vocals fade in and out of clarity and the jam is cut, but is fun while it lasts.
Chances are you know what you're getting into with these confusingly labeled, early '66 shows, so take it for what it is. As far as the date, I believe 3/19/66 is the correct one here, since 2/25 (1-8) is actually 3/12. But I'll leave all that to the experts.
Subject: The day / moment of my birth!
I'm a 3-19-66 model! Very cool & VERY groooooovvvyyyy. Thank you BigSur & Cathay Studios for preserving & sharing this! I always knew that there was a dead show going on while I was entering this dimension. Strangely, I just recently discovered that my son was also born during a Dead show (5-19-92) & that they played Tennessee Jed (his name is Jed, but not because of the song!). He made it to one show, 6 weeks later at Buckeye Lake in Ohio.
BTW, this is an excellent recording for being such an oldie! Great energy too. You know our love will not fade away . . . . ever.
Subject: I work there
I've been working for a screenwriter in the Carthay Studios building (now Hi-Point Studios) for a few months now, but I only discovered this awesome piece of history just the other day. Almost 45 years to the day and less than a month before the lease ends on the office. As a Deadhead, I feel obligated to take a few shots of the building and sound stage before we move out and post them online somewhere. There isn't much info about this test on the internet. Can anyone add anything interesting?
Subject: Looks Like 3/19
The comments at the bottom appear exactly like that in Deadlists but what's here stops just before:
"UPDATE 1/23/2007 from Paul Scotton ~
David Lemieux, keeper of the vault, has provided a complete set list for 3/12/66. It is:
I think this settles the debate. We should consider what was given to me as 3/19/66 as being 3/19/66."
Since 3/12 appears to be known, then my understanding is this show labeled 3/19 is, or at least is thought to be, 3/19.
Unfortunately the quality suffers a little here compared to a whole bunch of other '66 but it's very easily listenable!
3 stars for the Sound Quality.
4 stars for the show.
10 stars for the historicalness of 1966.
This one gets a five cause it's 66 and the recording is SUPERB weirdness, no real musical highlights to me but an interesting listen nonetheless.